Path and Pavement Bicycles

 

Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?

 

Path and Pavement bikes are urban bikes that are designed with a greater focus on comfort and style rather than outright speed or durability. The bikes are designed to look good, whilst being easy and comfortable to ride. They prefer conveniences like kick stands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks rather than the weight savings by not including such additions.

There are a number of different categories including the popular hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes make use of road bike size wheels for increased speed, combined with the durability of a mountain bike frame and components. Using slightly larger tyres combined with a short travel fork, the bike is more comfortable than a regular flat bar road bike. Vintage, Ladies or City bikes allow the rider to be more upright than a conventional bike, and often feature balloon tyres, baskets, fenders and a step through frame for easy dismounting.

Lastly the urban commuter bikes are designed to be efficient, low maintenance and able to withstand the any punishment the urban jungle might throw at it, whether it be pot holes, gutters or crowded bike racks.

 

Compare Path & Pavement Bikes

CATEGORIES
MODEL
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
IDEAL FOR
City Bike with Solid Fork

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

  • Great all rounder. 
  • Lightweight durable alloy frame
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  • Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Lighter than a mountain bike

 

  • Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
  • A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements
  • Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km
  • Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers
City Bike with Front Suspension

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension  

  • Lighweight durable alloy frame
  • Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off road trails
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  •  Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Front suspension adds weight to the bike
  • Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
  • Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails 
  • Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps
  • Want the extra comfort of a front suspension
  • Reliable bike to commute up to 30km
Folding Bikes

Folding Bikes

  • Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan
  • 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike
  • Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city
  • Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height
  • Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
  • Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
  • Riders with limited storage capacities 
  • Commuters that take the train or/and bus
  • Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around
Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bikes 

  • Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or back country
  • Upright riding position
  • Alloy frame won't rust
  • Thick tyres add comfort
  • Low maintanence gears and brakes
  • Not ideal as a commuter bike
  • Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard
  • Limited choice of frame sizes
  • Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe
  • Relaxed riding
  • Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours)
  • Riders looking for a low maintenence bike
Electric bikes

Electric Bikes

  • Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around
  • Shorter travel time
  • Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if battery runs out
  • Upright riding position
  • Electric motor with limited range (25 to 50km)
  • Heavier than a "normal" bike
  • Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.
Tandem bikes

Tandem Bikes

  • Fun for 2 on one bike
  • Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way
  • Alloy frame keeps the bike light
  • Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
  • Long wheelbase makes manouvering in tight spaces hard
  • Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
  • People who would like to ride together on the same bike.
  • People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike.

 

Latest Path & Pavement Bikes Reviews
Ex Demo / Display 2016 Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

Ex Demo / Display 2016 Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

By: on 7 July 2016
Perfect for a tall commuter, this large size i8 will be just right for your hassle-free journey, particularly on relatively flat or undulating terrain. I had this particular bike for two weeks but returned it under under the excellent 14 test ride policy. I put only 50 km of city commuting on this i8 but returned it as the setup process back at the factory in Surabaya delivered a bike far from ready to go. Adjustment problems with belt, hub, and a slow leak from the factory, meant the return made sense. For me, the same bike equipped with an 11-speed hub with a longer range would be more suitable for my commuting route, so I have to go 'upmarket' for much more $$$. For a $30 discount, this bike's next owner will be getting an as-new condition i8 that will have been checked & tuned by the team at Bicycles Online before it leaves the shop. This drivetrain has so much potential - set up right! Hydraulic brakes quickly and smoothly pull the i8 up. Trigger shift riders may want to swap the twist grip out for Rapidfire shifters. Those considering a rack need to order one with specific mounts from Bicycles Online - standard racks don't fit the mounts on the i8. Whoever gets this bike next will be happy with this sensational value - and hopefully perfectly tuned - i8. If not, the brilliant 14 day test ride policy will save the day. Happy trails!
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2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

By: on 27 May 2016
Just got my Polygon path 3. All good with the delivery, took my bike to a shop to put it together and it runs beautifully. Excellent work guys, you really do serious business. Thank you.
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Polygon Impression AX Tandem Bike

Polygon Impression AX Tandem Bike

By: on 21 May 2016
I wanted to upgrade from a trailer bike for my special needs daughter. I had a few initial questions as to whether the bike would be OK for her height. The responses I got back were prompt and informative. The purchasing process was easy and delivery very quick. Once assembled a little bit of tweaking was needed. My daughter loves riding the tandem. It fits on the bike rack quite well with the front wheel off and we've had it out every weekend since we got it. I would have liked to see a little more front to back adjustment on the rear handle bars, a freewheeling bottom bracket on the rear would be good for tired little legs as well. All in all though, a great product.
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